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Cricket Farm Tour – What do Crickets Need to Thrive?

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Cricket Farm Tour – What do Crickets Need to Thrive?

Cricket farming is still a relatively new thing and there are many unknowns when it comes to creating an environment that allows crickets to thrive. Let’s take a closer look at what we are doing at our farm in terms of temperature, lighting, materials, and other essentials.

Each cricket species has different needs

Creating the right environment for crickets depends on the species. There are many different species of crickets to choose from but we are most interested in two. Acheta domesticus, also called house cricket, is the most commonly farmed cricket and that’s the reason we also have it on our farm. There is an established demand for this species, especially in Europe, and it has the best taste. The problem is that it can be susceptible to disease so the environment has to be just right.

The second species we farm is Gryllus assimilis, also called the silent cricket. It’s interesting because it grows bigger and faster, and is much more resilient which is great for farming. The problem is that it has a stronger taste and there’s a lower demand for it at the moment.

The temperature, lighting, and space has to be just right

Acheta domesticus is the species we grow the most of so we have to focus on the environment. The temperature has to be between 32 – 34 °C, there has to be a specific humidity, and a certain amount of air flow. We also have to make sure to respect the natural day and night cycle when it comes to lighting.

Crickets are also very sensitive to the amount of space they have. Big factory farms full of cows and pigs have to use antibiotics to make sure the animals survive those horrible conditions. We don’t use antibiotics so we have to make sure cricket simply has the space it needs. Too much space is inefficient for farming and too little space means the crickets would get stressed and a lot of them would not survive.

Breeding

Crickets also need the ability to move around and hide. That’s why we put plenty of egg cartons in their living environment. We also make sure to introduce different generations of crickets among each other, and regularly bring in crickets from other farms to maintain genetic diversity.

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great bars! ill most likely switch to them

when i look for bars i look for the following checklist by priority :
1) nutrition 20gr protein <300kkcal and not too much fat/sugar (check)
2) made out of natural healthy products, no plam oils, aspartham, etc (this is usually very hard to confirm usually but i think its a check here)
3) taste (check!) - those are not too sweet, a little bit dry but quite light and don't leave a "chemical" sweetened aftertaste like some "famous" bars
4) good for the environment - thats a great bonus to have (check!)

so four checks :) i will probably swap to those going forward!

Suprised by taste

I have bought a starter pack and haven't tested all the products yet.
But protein bar and "milk" shake are excellent. And my friends are also interested in and so it's handy to have discount coupons for them.

Perfect ingredients, natural taste

I love the ingredients of this bar, nothing artificial, nothing that makes me bloated. I like that it is not too sweet, but has a natural, earthy flavour. Makes me full for hours.

Great powedered protein!

This very comparable to the mainstream whey powders from a nutritional content perspective - at 20/25 protein per scoop and ~120/30 kkcal. The taste is super nice! Blended in ~250/300 ml of water its surprisingly thick and smooth, which i like very much. The only minus I can think of is that it takes a bit more "shaking" to blend fully and ensure there are no hard pieces - not a big deal.

Delicious Proteins

I had the starter pack. I have to say, I really enjoyed it.
But lets go through it piece by piece.
Crackers: The crackers of all flavours were very good and crunchy. Only I found them a little bit too salty.
Protein bars (pleasure cricket): They were just perfect, I loved them.
Protein bars (serious): They were very good as well, but could be a little bit sweeter (but than they might not be serious anymore^^)
The protein powder tasted very good. I think it was sweeter than my usually used one(Huel), and did't feel to feed me as good, but still very nice.
The pasta were quite similar to other lentilles pasta, not very special.
I haven't tried the baking powder so far, but looking forward to use it for pancakes or so.